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October 10, 1967 - Judicial Code (updated in 2012)

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Year of current version:2012
Date of entry into force of original text:November 1970
Date of Text (Enacted):October 10, 1967
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws
Notes:
In the Judicial Code, Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5 contain provisions on IP.

Part 1 of the law consolidates all amendments until 2011. Parts 3 , 4 and 5 consolidates all amendments until 2012.

For specific provisions on intellectual property rights see:
- Competence of tribunal for Copyrights (Articles 572, 575, 589bis, 627 and 1369)
- Competence of tribunal for Patents (Articles 574, 1369bis to 1369ter)
- Counterfeiting (Articles 1481 to 1488 which have been repealed)

The notification by Belgium to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Law makes provision inter alia for the following:
- pleas, reports and judgements to be public;
- an accusatory procedure and, in principle, a contentious procedure;
- decisions on the merits of the case to be made available to the parties (Article 792);
- ways of summoning the defendant (Articles 32 to 47);
- legal representation (Article 728);
- investigation and judgement of the case;
- submission of evidence (Article 870 to 1016);
- refusal to decide a case (Article 5);
- coercive regime if the principal sentence is not complied with (Article 1385 bis);
- payment of costs (Articles 1017 to 1024);
- the various legal remedies, including appeals against conviction in absentia, appeals, and appeals on a point of law (Article 21).
- frivolous or vexation appeal, which is punished by a fine (Article 1072 bis);
- the institution of ex parte proceedings if absolutely necessary (Articles 584, 1025, 1484).

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/loi/loi.htm
Available Texts: 
Dutch

10 oktober 1967 - Gerechtelijk Wetboek (geactualiseerd in 2012) 10 oktober 1967 - Gerechtelijk Wetboek (geactualiseerd in 2012), Complete document (pdf) [1012 KB]

French

10 octobre 1967 - Code judiciaire (mise à jour en 2012) 10 octobre 1967 - Code judiciaire (mise à jour en 2012), Complete document (pdf) [954 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:BE136

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